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PostSubject: Re: DADA: Lesson One (All Years -- Closed)   Mon Jan 08, 2018 10:28 pm

Sasha was glad that once the lesson started so she wasn't bored anymore and she had other to listen there. She wasn't really herself that sure what this spell did but she knew it was something useful. She didn't really do any reading at her summer. Even if she probably should have done it. Her summer was very eventful one for sure.

She the questions Jakes asked since she wasn't sure how to reply to them then she decided to let someone else answer them. This is when some of her classmates this lesson did speak up. She knew them both names yes. The Ravenclaw one she has seen around for sure but that Gryffindor one was new but she had said her name before lessons even started. She did pay attention since she was here before her.

Now she knew at least what that spell does so it was time to practice it. Even if trying to pull that desk towards her was an interesting idea. She knew very well that thing will be a way to hard for her right now. So she didn't even begin to try. She found some pencil and decided to start with it.

She looked at that pencil. She knew what spell she needed use there. "Carpe Retractum" so she said there quietly and she managed to basically lift the pencil easily up in the air and began to pull it towards herself slowly using her wand of course. She somehow even managed to catch in on her hands. The pencil was way too easy for Hufflepuff girl.

So she looked once again around the room and decided to go with the chair this time but pulling it towards her needed for sure way to more effort. She knew she will need to try harder for it there now. So kept trying there now. She knew she will eventually do it. It's not that hard as that desk there. The chair is so much lighter for sure.

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PostSubject: Re: DADA: Lesson One (All Years -- Closed)   Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:26 pm

Zoey blushed a bit as Jake asked if she had eaten her text book. She had always been one to go above and beyond, but she had never really been lectured or penalized for it before. She rolled her eyes as the other girl answered and was given the full five points usually rewarded for a correct answer.

When he gave them the green light to start practicing the spells Zoey stood up and stretched out her arms and legs before pulling out her wand. She looked around and decided on trying to pull her text book to her first.

She pointed her wand at the book and recited the incantation "Carpe Retractum." She smiled when a rope of light came from her wand and wrapped itself around the book and pulled hard to bring the book to her. She smiled victoriously and pushed her hair out of her face before looking for her next item
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PostSubject: Re: DADA: Lesson One (All Years -- Closed)   Tue Jan 09, 2018 12:12 am

Mercy listened as the older students answered Jake's questions. To be honest, she didn't remember too much off the top of her head, but once the Ravenclaw reminded her what the spell was, it started coming back to her. She nodded along as her housemate listed some examples of situations in which the Seize and Pull charm might be useful, impressed at the older Gryffindor's head for fighting. She thought about it herself, and decided to add one more to her own personal list--if she needed to, she could also use to spell to pull an object in front of her as a shield and block oncoming blows.

She grinned when Jake released them to practice, whipping her wand from her pocket, and staring first at the
heavy wooden desk. He'd said it would be a challenge, and if there was one thing Mercy loved, it was a challenge.

But, maybe not yet. First, she'd try the spell out on something smaller, just to get a feel for it. Glancing around the room, she set her sights on a small stool in the corner. Brandishing her wand at it, she shouted, "Carpe retractum!" and was elated to see a beam of orange light erupt from her wand and wrap around the leg of the stool. Yanking it with all her might, the string of light pulled taught, and the stool slid towards her, bouncing off the ground slightly before it came to a halt near her feet. Her confidence surged. That wasn't so hard.

She turned to a larger chair, and repeated the action. The light ensnared the chair successfully, but this time when she pulled, it only slid forwards a couple feet. With a grunt, she extended her wand forwards, then yanked back fast and hard, taking a step backwards as well for extra momentum. The chair tipped over, but she also managed to drag it across the floor towards her, and it landed about a foot away. She was breathing slightly harder, but she paid it no mind, proud of her accomplishment. It still wasn't that difficult. If she could pull the chair...well, she was sure she was ready for the desk.

Nobody else had attempted it yet, and she was determined to be the first. In her mind, she could already see herself flinging the whole desk across the room, she could imagine the surprise on everyone's faces when a second year completed Jake's challenge, and she could picture Jake himself being so impressed that he gave her house extra points. She could feel herself smiling, taking a step towards the desk with confidence.

She pointed her wand, shouted, "Carpe retractum!" and watched a strong beam of orange light wrap around the desk. She grinned, then stepped forwards slightly in preparation, before jumping backwards and jerking her wand back as hard as she could. The desk resisted far more than the chair had. As she tugged her hand backwards, it seemed to hit a wall as the light pulled taut, and the desk didn't budge. Brows furrowed in determination, she pulled again, to no avail.

She twisted her lip, then took several steps towards the desk, releasing some slack on the string, before running back again and throwing her whole body into it. She felt something give...and then the beam of light snapped and she toppled over.

She jumped to her feet immediately, turning to look at the desk. She couldn't really tell, but she swore it was slightly crooked now. She'd definitely pulled the right side forwards at least a centimeter.

Her arms were tired, and she was definitely panting now. No matter. She'd rest for a little and try again later--she was sure if she kept at it, she'd eventually move the whole thing.

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PostSubject: Re: DADA: Lesson One (All Years -- Closed)   Tue Jan 09, 2018 12:27 am

Delia hid a smirk at the praise. She knew her stuff. Always had. Most people thought she daydreamed her way through lessons, never once taking notes, instead doodling in her notebook with coloured muggle pens. What they didn't know was her strength was in audio learning, and while her notebook held only random drawings, her brain was full of everything said by the Professor.

She said nothing, however, but smiling lightly, as though somewhat embarrassed by the praise, and glanced away. No point showing her true colours -- that she would happily be the smartest in the room without shame -- just yet. She'd get a feel for everything before that.

The subject of the day was given, and Delia glanced around the room, scoffing internally at the items presented. Aside from one person who appeared to be either a first, second, or third year, everyone else seemed to be old enough to manage the spell. If she'd been back in Dumstrang, with her reputation as rebel already settled and accepted, she wouldn't gone straight for the desk -- or, hell, even the Professor, if he'd been the one with the good humour she and her friends often joked around with. But this was Hogwarts, and she was still new, and being a bitch so early on wasn't a smart move. It was better to ease people into that role.

But if she was certain of one thing, it was that she most definitely wasn't going to go after something easy. She already knew she could do that, probably with her eyes closed (if she knew in her mental imagery where the item was). Instead, she took her time, looking at each item. She wasn't sure about Jake, but back in her old class, trickery was often used as means to prepare them for the 'real world', where apparently nothing was as it seemed. She didn't want to attempt to cast on a chair only for it to turn out to be a metal one bolted into the ground an embarrass herself.

So, she watched, and waited, as two others stepped forward and began. The pencil proved to be a pencil, as did a textbook, and as she watched, the chair, too, was merely a chair. "Right," she muttered to herself, slipping out her wand for the first time and glancing around the room, this time looking for a target.

There were two kinds of difficult. There was the kind that needed brute strength -- like the desk that Jake had offered -- and the ones that needed a certain flair, like tiny objects that you had to aim perfectly at. But it was easy to do something like that; Delia knew she could. More than half the items in the room were easy, and Delia was already bored at the prospect. She wanted a challenge, and as she looked around, a spark in her eyes gleamed. Jake had said to try the spell, but not how and her gaze snapped towards and onto a quill on Jake's desk.

Pointing her wand at it, she gathered the magic in her mind and, lips pressed tightly together, flicked her wand at it as though a whip (which she had used a couple times before), the corner of her lip turning up in the start of a smirk as the rope leapt out from the end of her wand and struck the quill. With an almost lazy-like jerk, she pulled it towards herself, catching it. For just a moment she was tempted to slip it into her pocket, to take it, but then sighed a little and let it fall to the floor. No point getting caught over something as simple as a quill; she'd stolen many of those before.

As she finished, her gaze moved to the younger person in the room, a laugh escaping her. Of course she was the only one to attempt the desk, managing to... well, do something, at the very least. A centimetre wasn't much, but it was -- dare she say -- impressive, especially when the other older students were focusing on books and chairs and shit.

"Oh, it's on," she murmured, to herself. If the youngest there could have the balls to try it so early on, Delia wasn't going to bother with false modesty. Spinning, she didn't bother hesitating. "Carpe retractum," she pronounced, clearly, putting more force into her tone. Something of this size would need the verbal aspect of it. The rope burst forth, latching itself not to the corner of the desk but right around the middle of it. Leaning back, feet planted firmly onto the ground, Delia pulled -- not tugged -- harshly on the rope. Her feet inched forward a little, and she gritted her teeth in determination, and shifted position to give her more leverage.

She gave another pull, and the screeching of wood against cement sounded for a split second. The desk slipped forward an inch, and then stopped. So did Delia, just for a moment to gather strength, and then repeated the movement over and over, watching the desk inch forward bit by bit. About a minute later, Delia stopped. It hadn't moved much -- she wasn't the strongest -- and she was beginning to grow tired. But she wasn't done yet.

She glanced over at the younger student -- also a Gryffindor, she was only now recognising -- and gave her head a little jerk, an invitation of sorts for ... not help, because Delia didn't need that, but rather, an opportunity to team up.


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PostSubject: Re: DADA: Lesson One (All Years -- Closed)   Tue Jan 09, 2018 2:13 pm

As Mercy got her breath back, she watched her older housemate--Delia?--step forward and give it a go. At first, it looked as if she'd be no more successful than Mercy was. To be honest, the younger witch secretly hoped that Delia wouldn't be able to do it. She wasn't sure exactly what it was, just that when she pictured the events in her head, her victory was much more impressive if nobody else did it first.

But then she desk grated slowly but surely across the floor, moving one inch, then two. Mercy couldn't help pouting slightly, hardly factoring in that the other girl was four years older than her and much more experienced. She'd hoped to complete the challenge herself.

The older girl seemed to be struggling a little though. Having moved the desk about five inches by herself, she paused...and then she looked at Mercy, nodding her head in invitation.

Mercy didn't need to be told twice. If she wanted to he involved at all, now was her chance--she'd finally concluded that doing it all herself was incredibly unlikely at this point. She moved to stand beside her housemate, and pointed her own wand at a point next to Delia's beam of light.

"Carpe retractum!" she shouted. Her strength had mostly returned to her by now. The rope of light once again sprung from her wand, and wound around the desk.

At Delia's signal, the two girls pulled. Mercy followed Delia's lead, digging her feet into the floor, and leaning into it. With their combined strength, the desk began to move again, and Mercy felt her heart speed up in excitement as the desk actually responded to her pulling this time. One inch, two inches...combined with what Delia had accomplished herself, they only need to drag it five more inches to reach a foot.

They rested for a moment, and Mercy adjusted her grip and body position. Then they went back to pulling, with Mercy putting her whole weight into it and yanking as hard as she could. The desk slid forward three more inches. She felt like she was actually accomplishing something!

With one more rest, and one more final tug, the desk cleared the remaining two inches, and the two girls lowered their wands, the beams of light fizzling away. Mercy grinned triumphantly at her partner, then at Jake, wondering what his response would be.

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PostSubject: Re: DADA: Lesson One (All Years -- Closed)   Tue Jan 09, 2018 4:51 pm

Elleon paid attention as Jake started the class. He missed a few words but didn't take all that long to fill in the blanks. Six years of constant lip reading had improved that particular skill of his. It helped that, in those six years, he'd gotten to learn his professors' lips - not that he'd ever admit that out loud cause that just sounded creepy. They had a few new professors over the years but those were in the minority and Elleon could pick up their quirks rather easily.

Though Elleon knew all the answers to the questions - the set ones anyway like the incantation and uses - and he did have his own views on how it could be useful while duelling, however he liked hearing other people's opinion and usually reserved his own for when asked directly. A quick glance of the room told him that Zoey was speaking. Next to speak was Delia, the new girl, and his eyebrows went up the slightest bit at her answer. She was not someone he wanted to get on the bad side. Something about her felt rather dangerous and warning bells went off in his head. It seemed that her answer had pleased Jake though.

Elleon glanced around the room at the object available. The spell wasn't a difficult one but Elleon's problem lay in the fact that he wasn't very muscular. Unlike some guys who's body meant the world to them and spent copious amount of time exercising and building muscles, Elleon preferred his art. He was by no means fat or flabby but neither was he ripped with six packs.

He did a slow survey of the room, ignoring the ones he knew he could do. Small things like books and pens were rather easy and he guessed they were there for those who were new to the spell. He settled on starting out with a chair but before he could do anything, the other students went into action and Elleon paused, watching them for a few minutes, especially Mercy and Delia who both attempted the desk, smiling faintly at their combined effort.

His gaze fell to the quill that Delia had abandoed on the floor and an idea popped into his mind. Wand in hand, he aimed it at a piece of chalk on the blackboard. He had no idea if what he had in mind would work but there was no harm trying - except perhaps slight humiliation if it didn't work out well. He casted the spell non-verbally, watching a rope of light travel through the air and wrap around the piece of chalk. Concentrating on it, he began to manoeuvre his wand, elevating it a little. He didn't pull it towards him. Instead, he lifted it towards the chalkboard and in a corner, attempted to write his signature - the one that he used on his art work to show that it was his. It was slow going, not like the usual flourish he normally signed with, but with much effort, he did it and ended with pulling the chalk towards him just so that Jake knew he knew how the spell was supposed to work. It looked a little crooked but Elleon was rather proud of himself.

Setting the chalk back in its place, Elleon turned his attention to the chair some distance across the room. After making sure that no one was standing in the way, he took a deep breath and once again casted the spell non-verbally. As the rope shot out of his wand and wrapped around the chair, Elleon dug his heels in and leaned backwards, using his body to carry the weight of the chair. He gave a short, hard tug and the chair slid towards him, stopping just a few inches away from where he was standing.

Smiling a little, he moved on to a desk - not Jake's one. The desk was obviously bulkier and heavier than the chair had been but Elleon didn't think it would posed that much of a problem. Focusing on the desk, the rope of light shot out and wrapped around the body of the object. Elleon paused for a moment, thinking about how hard he should pull. He needed enough strength to move it, but he also didn't want it flying towards him uncontrollably.

Mind made up, he pulled on the rope, again using his body to take the full impact of the desk. Instead of one tug, he'd do a continuous pull until the desk reached him. A few times, he had to stop to take a breath but he had no problem getting the desk to him. Thinking that he had enough energy in him for one more, Elleon looked around the room and settled on a bookshelf in the corner. It was empty of books but he knew that even then, it would be heavier than the desk.

He walked towards it, eyeing it to see where would be the most suitable place to put the rope before backing up and sending the rope of light once again from his wand. He pulled it taut and using the same technique he had with the desk, began to move it towards him. The bookshelf budged a few feet then stopped. Without letting the rope slack, Elleon took a few breaths and tried again. It moved another few feet before coming to a halt. By this time, his muscles were beginning to ache but he wasn't one to give up so easily. He persevered, moving the furniture a few feet a a time until it reached him. A bead of sweat trickled down the right side of his temple and his arms were protesting at the exertion, but it was worth it.

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PostSubject: Re: DADA: Lesson One (All Years -- Closed)   Sun Jan 14, 2018 10:00 am

As the students moved off to give the spell a go, Jake milled around the classroom, watching his students as they worked, and offering advice to those who were struggling. Everyone was giving the spell a good go, though, and Jake was very happy with the progress everyone was making.

"Well done, Sasha, good advancing of the technique!" Jake praised the Hufflepuff prefect with a warm smile. "Keep going, try something a little heavier." Jake insisted, making sure Sasha didn't content herself with the easier pieces of furniture.

Jake's eyes landed on Zoey next, seeing her practicing with a book, Jake stopped to watch for a few moments. The Ravenclaw seemed to be quite capable with that item, so Jake moved across to her. "Well done, Zoey! How about you try a larger object now?" Jake suggested, encouraging the Ravenclaw on.

It was at this point that Jake noticed Mercy trying to move his desk and the Head of Gryffindor couldn't help the smile that touched his lips as he watched her try to move the desk. It was very heavy, as Jake had previously pointed out, but the Gryffindor was determined, not that Jake would have expected otherwise. Watching the young witch work tenaciously in trying to move the desk, Jake noticed the small movement.

Jake was about to move over to the witch to congratulate her -- after all, she was a first year -- when Delia moved to the witch's side, and a display of teamwork was introduced. Jake stood back, watching the girls work and smiling to himself. Together, they moved the desk, slowly but noisily, across the classroom floor. Jake was sure they were probably leaving scratch marks in their wake, but it was nothing he couldn't rectify once his students were gone.

"Ladies! Well done!" Jake praised the two of them with a warm smile. "I wasn't expecting anyone to complete this on their own, but you fashioned a great team display!" The encouragement was genuine, and Jake motioned for them to both take a break, collect themselves.

The last person for Jake to notice was Elleon, who had, by some quite incredible feat, worked out how to use the spell in a slightly different manner, before pulling the chalk towards him, to show he could use it in the proper manner. Moving to stand before the boy, Jake gave a thumbs up to say well done, in the same time he said slowly and clearly the following. "Well done, Elleon! Great work with the chalk, very imaginative!" With one more thumbs up at the Hufflepuff Prefect to make sure the point came across, Jake moved back to his desk which was now askew.

With one flick of his wand, everything tidied itself away, and his desk moved back to where it should have been.

"Okay, ladies and gentleman," Jake said, making sure Elleon was looking at him before he continued on. "We're making great progress today, so we're going to move this lesson on to something a little more... competitive.

"I want you to pair up, as follows, Elleon, please pair up with Zoey." Jake explained, motioning between the two students for Elleon's sake. "Delia, partner with Sasha, and Mercy, you get to go against me." Jake finished, letting this sink in.

With a wave of his wand, the floor beneath everyone became spongy, everyone would feel it as they sunk slightly in to the floor.

"We're going to try this against each other. First of all, I want you to aim at each others ankles in turn, and try to sweep your opponent of their feet -- hence the need for the soft landing. Have a go each first, to get your confidence up -- no moving, no dodging, no blocking allowed.

"They, after that, I want you to duel using only Protego and the Seize and Pull Charm, see who can best the other first. No other spells are allowed, you have the rest of the lesson to practice." With that, Jake waved them all off to have a go.



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PostSubject: Re: DADA: Lesson One (All Years -- Closed)   Mon Jan 15, 2018 4:22 am

Elleon smiled at Jake's praise. He always valued the opinion of the man. He watched as the professor continued with the class, pairing him up with Zoey, the Ravenclaw girl. He'd been hoping to be paired with Delia. They had become an unlikely pair of friends and the texts they exchanged gave him a whole new insight to the world of Purebloods. She was the first Pureblood he could call a friend.

Even so, he didn't really mind being paired with Zoey. It gave him a chance to widen his circle of friends and acquaintances. Who knew, perhaps he'd make a new friend today. Merlin knew he needed more of them.

Not expecting the floor to suddenly become spongy, Elleon almost lost his balance for a moment but righted himself without much hassle. At least he hadn't face planted. That would've been embarrasing. Slowly, he made his way to Zoey and turned to face her, leaving her few feet of space between them so they could practice the spell. The first time would be easy as no dodging, moving, or blocking was allowed. All he had to do was cast the spell and pull. Once they had each taken their turn at that, it would become a battle of reflexes - who could cast Protego or Carpe Retractum first.

He waited for Zoey to be ready, raising his eyebrows and mouthing the word at her. Wand in hand, he casted the spell at her ankles, watching the rope of light wrap around. Zoey wasn't a particularly heavy-set girl and it took one taut pull of the rope - sideways so she'd fall forwards, giving her a chance to break her fall with her hands if she wanted to - for him to throw her off balance. Had Jake said to use the spell around the waist, it would've been a lot harder because then, the opponent could use their body weight to counter the pull. But since it was the ankles, there wasn't much they could do to defend themselves.

He offered Zoey a hand up and gave her an apologetic smile before standing still and waiting for her to take her turn at him.

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PostSubject: Re: DADA: Lesson One (All Years -- Closed)   Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:11 pm

Mercy shook her arms out and sat down on the floor to rest as Jake gestured for her to to take a break. She took to watching the rest of the class as they practiced, noticing that someone had written a signature on the board...E something? She couldn't quite tell what it said, but was nonetheless impressed that someone had used the spell to write.

When she'd gotten her breath back, she rose to her feet, just as Jake was putting the room back in order. She was slightly disappointed when he returned the desk to its original position with a single flick of his wand, undoing their hard work, but she figured it had to be replaced eventually. She paid close attention as he gave their next set of instructions.

She was paired against Jake? To some people, that may seem unfair. Mercy took it to mean Jake was impressed with her efforts with the desk, and thought she could handle the challenge. She smiled. She'd never been one to back down from a challenge.

She wobbled slightly as she sunk into the floor, but managed to keep her balance. As Jake finished giving instructions, he moved with Mercy to an open space. They squared off against each other, and he gestured for her to go first.

Taking a solid stance, with her feet shoulder width apart, she assessed Jake for a second before readying her wand. He stood normally, waiting for her to cast the spell. He was much heavier than her, so Mercy knew she'd have to pull hard to get him to fall over, but she thought she could do it.

"Carpe retractum!" she shouted when she was ready, the beam of light whipping outward and wrapping around both of Jake's ankles. She leaned forward, then jerked back, pulling hard with both hands in an attempt to yank his feet out from under him.

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PostSubject: Re: DADA: Lesson One (All Years -- Closed)   Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:19 pm

Checking the other two groups got to work, Jake turned to Mercy with a small smile playing on his lips. Mercy was the youngest in the class, but, in Jake's unbiased opinion, she was the most fierce. However, just because the witch was fierce, did not mean Jake would let her go against some of the older students who did not know how to duel against others of less experience.

After all, the classroom was for learning, and Mercy would not learn from getting bested again and again.

Letting the young witch go first on this Jake motioned for her to start, taking up a normal stance, which would allow the witch to catch his ankles quite easily, Jake waited for Mercy to have a go. As the rope flew from her wand around his ankles, Jake readied himself for impact as she threw all her might to pulling him from his feet. It wasn't a clean sweeping motion, but, it had put enough force behind Jake's legs to throw off his balance, and unceremoniously land on his backside.

With a smile, Jake got back to his feet when the rope had disappeared. "Well done, Mercy! Just note, one leg is easier to pull away from someone than two, though, the person tends to try to compensate if you take one, and the pulling becomes easier." Jake explained, hoping this made sense for when she tried again in a few moment's time.

"Ready?" Jake asked of the young witch when he'd righted himself, waiting for her confirmation before he completed the same action as she had, but only catching hold of her right ankle. Most people, Jake being one of the minority in this exception, were right handed, and right footed. So, they were stronger on that side, and Jake was not sorry in exploiting that point. With a sharp pull back towards him, Jake waited to see if Mercy could compensate the weight shifting away from her right foot, before pulling again to pull her off balance.

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